Winner: Paul YORE, Map, 2012, wool tapestry

Forty six artists working in contemporary textile-related media as varied as tapestry, sculpture, printing, dyeing, assemblage, embroidery, felting, digital projection, paper fibre, and natural grasses were selected for the award exhibition from over 160 entries from all over Australia.

The judge for the 2013 award was Kelly Gellatly, Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne.  Ms Gellatly announced the winner of the $8000 acquisitive award at the exhibition opening on Saturday 1 June at 11am.  The prize was awarded to Paul Yore for his wool tapestry “Map”, this winning work has become part of the Wangaratta Art Gallery’s growing art collection. In addition “Rebus” of Beechworth sponsored a Highly Commended award of $500, which was awarded to Gillian Lavery for her work “Thread Translation”.

An informative Textile Forum was also held following the opening and award announcement with guest speakers and artist talks to be lead by the event’s Patron and National Living Craft Treasure, textile artist Liz Williamson.